Mission Trails Church is a Volunteer Oriented Church. It is led by elders and energized for service and mercy by Group Leaders and Team Leaders (deacons). Our many children's, youth, college, adult and outreach ministries are filled with volunteer leadership.  But we have a few strategically placed staff whose task is to nurture, encourage and equip. At Mission Trails Church we know it takes some time to get involved, but we believe every Christian can serve God and others through the ways God has gifted and equipped them.

Kyle Walters

Lead  Pastor

Kyle has been serving in ministry leadership for 21 years. Prior to leading Mission Trails, he served with a mobilization organization focused on equipping college students for cross-cultural service around the world.  Kyle began serving as pastor at Mission Trails in January 2010.  He and his wife Carly were married in 2006, have four kids (Middle School and High School) and enjoy living in the San Carlos neighborhood.  He is passionate about helping people and families see that Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

Dominic Parry

Associate Pastor & Worship Director

Dominic joined the Mission Trails Church family in Fall 2017 as Associate Pastor & Worship Director. He has been heavily involved in a variety of church ministries at numerous churches over the past 23 years. He brings an energetic and strategic personality to his pastoral leadership. He helps oversee and serve in our Volunteer Ministry Teams, Worship Experience, Technology and Communications. He is passionate about helping people connect with God personally, grow spiritually and discover their God designed purpose in life.

Chelsea Parry


Joining the team in 2021, Chelsea is a leader behind the scenes, helping to keep our ministries thriving. She has an administrative background in multiple companies and is a business owner herself. She has been at Mission Trails Church since 2017 and also serves as a growth group leader. She is a wife, a mother of two and a professional photographer.

Kayla-Ann Yefremov

Kids Ministry Coordinator

Kayla-Ann joined the staff team in 2021 with a passion for helping kids discover the love of God and the good news about Jesus Christ. She has served in various ministry contexts for 5 years. She is a San Diego native and loves reading, spending time with friends, and looking for the little joys in life.  Kayla-Ann and her husband live in El Cajon.  

Kevin Thorsell

Discipleship and Evangelism Director
Challenge College Ministry Director

Kevin and his wife Dana have been involved with Mission Trails Church and MTC church plants for more than a decade.  Kevin leads the Challenge College Ministry at San Diego State University, in addition to serving on the staff and Elder Team at Mission Trails Church.  An SDSU graduate, Kevin loves playing music, skateboarding, BMX, and pretty much anything that involves adventure and high adrenaline. Above all is his passion for helping college students find their highest purpose in life.  Kevin and his family live in the College Area.

Joey Propati

Youth Ministry Director

 Joey began serving as the Youth Ministry Director at the end of 2023, but has been a volunteer and leader at Mission Trails for more than six years.  He and his wife have three kids, and love being a part of ministry in lots of ways.  For his day job, Joey serves with the San Diego Police Department.  

Scott Grandi

Local Outreach Director

Scott enjoys helping the people of Mission Trails Church serve their community in practical, loving ways.  Scott is retired after working in church planting and development in Taiwan for 25 years. He then worked for 20 years as the Asia Project Director for IDEAS which works to demonstrate love through serving overlooked people by meeting their social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs.  Scott and Donna were married in 1976, have two adult children, and three grandchildren.  They joined Mission Trails Church in 2010, and Scott has serve as Local Outreach Director since 2016.

Noeman Diaz

Tech Team Director

Noeman Diaz is not only the Tech Team Director for Mission Trails Church, but is also the pastor of Iglesia Vida, a church plant ministering in Spanish.  He overseas and directs our audio/video ministry and volunteers to help us provide a great Sunday experience for our church community.

Fadi Shamoon

Facility Maintenance Assistant

Fadi has been a student and young adult leader with Mission Trails Church for several years, and also helps serve with the Challenge College Ministry.